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JANESVILLE -- Vice President Mike Pence met with business leaders in Janesville today as the administration continued to make the case against Obamacare and put pressure on Congress to pass a plan to repeal and replace.

Pence was in Janesville Friday morning, March 3, 2017, along with Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Tom Price, Sen. Ron Johnson and Speaker Paul Ryan, who was back in his hometown.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Dan Dailey, whose first job out of college was as a certified personal trainer, has a background in education and sports science, so he knows the value of regular exercise. Now working in the electronic monitoring department at the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office, Dailey, 43, finds he’s become a little more attuned to other healthy habits since joining Walworth County’s Wellness Council a little over a year ago.

“A portion of my job involves working at a desk, and rather than staying rooted in a chair all that time, I make a point of getting up and moving around a bit,” he said. “The program has made me more well-rounded. I probably pay more attention to nutrition and food labels, whether or not I’m getting enough sleep at night, just becoming overall more health conscious.”

JANESVILLE -- There’s been a buzz in environmental news recently, and local beekeepers are taking notice.

The fate of the humble bee, a critical but often overlooked contributor to agriculture, may now lie in the hands of dedicated backyard enthusiasts.

The long-awaited Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, could have its first committee hearing as soon as Wednesday of this coming week.

What should be known by early next week is if the plan also includes elimination of federal funds for Planned Parenthood.

By Sara Nichols, executive director at Open Arms Free Clinic, Elkhorn, Wisconsin

As the executive director at Open Arms Free Clinic in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, I oversee licensed medical volunteers who provide essential health care to uninsured individuals in Walworth County who are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

I’m proud of the work my colleagues and I do, filling a critical need for accessible health care for those who have few options.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The passage of time has a way of making us appreciate the past.

But for those with fond memories of watching movies in downtown Lake Geneva, the past has caught up to the future.

Renovations are nearly complete and the Geneva Theater, located at 224 Broad St., could open as early as this coming week.

STATELINE NEWS -- Audience members viewing "End of Fall" at this year’s Beloit International Film Festival (beloitfilmfest.org/films/end-of-fall/) may find the movie’s locale and even some of its extras familiar. That’s because independent filmmaker and 1992 Big Foot High School grad Joselito Seldera shot his first feature film, a crime thriller, in Walworth County, where he grew up.

"End of Fall" will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at Domenico’s and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 at the Hendricks Center for the Arts.

Friday, 17 February 2017 10:48

BIFF 2017: Quick guide

The basics

What: 12th annual Beloit International Film Festival

When: Feb. 24 through March 5

Where: Film venues include Bagels & More, Bushel & Peck’s, La Casa Grande, Domenico’s, Luxury 10 and the Hendricks Center.

FYI: https://beloitfilmfest.org

Friday, 17 February 2017 10:31

When school’s out, shop teacher forges on

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The garage at Pat Biggin’s Elkhorn home holds one of his passions -- a gas-powered forge. Biggin, a metal shop teacher at Big Foot High School who single-handedly can wield a 10-pound hammer, crafts custom-made forged knives for hunters, brush-clearing farmers, historical knife enthusiasts and others as a side business.

"There are still companies like Randall Made Knives out in Florida that do forged blades and they’re done by people, but it’s a big company. You can only go so far with customizing an order," he said. "Whereas with me you can say, ‘I want this type of handle and that type of liner and this type of sheath.’ I can do what you want. "

Tear into this Slice of Life with Biggin:

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Delavan Mayor Mel Nieuwenhuis knew he only had 30 seconds in front of the camera to make a good impression of his city.

So, like the punch line in the old joke about how someone gets to Carnegie Hall, he practiced.

Nieuwenhuis was among the Delavan residents filmed last summer for an episode of the Milwaukee Public Television program, “Around the Corner with John McGivern,” which will be broadcast Thursday, Feb. 16.  

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